Online Resources for Teachers of Russian
Resources for Reading
Designed by faculty of Middlebury Russian School, this interactive tutorial introduces students to Russian letters and sounds.
Reading Russian Short Stories
Collection of short stories by contemporary Russian authors with questions. Some stories are accompanied by audio recordings.
Collection of canonical Russian texts which are included in traditional Russian school curriculum. Each reading is presented in three versions: 1) adapted version of an excerpt for beginners; 2) an abridged version for intermediate students, and 3) the original text for advanced students. All three versions are accompanied by audio recordings.
Poetry Reader for Russian Learners
Includes canonical poem of famous Golden and Silver age poets. The texts are glossed, with mouse-over translations, audio recordings, exercises and information about the author.
Decoding the 1920s
The reader for advanced learners of Russian with commentary and exercises.
Resources for Listening
Recordings of native speakers of different age and regions talkin about various topics: self, school, travel etc. All files are downloadable and marked for topic and level. No transcripts.
Video recordings of conversations with native speakers on various topics. The topics are divided into elementary, intermediate and advanced categories. Optional transcripts and Russian subtitles are provided.
Excerpts of video interviews with Russians on multiple topics. Suitable for advanced and heritage students.
Georgia Tech Song Project
Website that offers an advanced one-semester course in culture and language centered around several popular Russian songs. You will need permission from the authors to use this site
“Retro Russian,” a multi-level proficiency-based online program for using vintage music video to introduce Russian culture and history while practicing relevant language, in collaboration with Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services and the Texas Language Technology Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas, 2009-2010. A website developed by Tom Garza.
“Rockin’ Russian,” a multi-level proficiency-based Russian language and culture instruction program online, based on contemporary Russian rock music videos with level-relevant exercise materials, in collaboration with Liberal Arts. Instructional Technology Services and the Texas Language Technology Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas, 2007-2008. A website developed by Tom Garza
Resources for Teaching Grammar
Series of lessons and pdf files on a variety of grammar and vocabulary topics. Suitable for adult elementary and intermediate learners both as self-study tool and as a reference.
Collection of short video clips devoted to various aspects of Russian language (grammar, syntax, phonetics). Can be used for flipped and hybrid courses or as a reference tool for students who need additional explanation in video format.
Learn & Go
Iphone app to practice Russian verbs of motion (free).
Русская корпусная грамматика
Russian grammar rules based on corpus. Useful for very advanced students or teachers who prepare learning materials and exercises and want to learn more about Russian grammar based on large body of empirical data.
Национальный корпус русского языка
Essential tool for advanced students, advanced students and those creating exercises and learning materials. Check out different sub-corpora, such as poetry, multimedia and others.
Resources for Video
Soviet Movies Online
Not only Soviet- but many contemporary Russian- films can be found here. All films are with subtitles (often English and Russian). Certain subscription levels includes ability to download video and subtitles files.
Russian films, TV shows, and cartoons (lots of very recent and popular stuff) - many are with subtitles (including Russian). Some content is free.
Panorama Textbook Youtube Channel
Various videos (news clips, interviews) on 16 topics of the textbook for advanced students.
RussColl: Разговорный русский в кинодиалогах
Excerpts from Russian films with transcripts in different lexical and communicative categories.
6 кадров: comedy mini-series
Short and funny videos with vocabulary and transcripts for elementary and intermediate students
Audio, examples, collocations, word forms and other useful information
Dictionary for more difficult words and contexts. A great number of technical and jargon terms, as well as specifica collocations are provided.
Dozens of dictionaries on one page: Ozhegov, Ushakov, pronunciation, synonyms and antonyms and many others. Great research tool for teachers and advanced students.
Лингвострановедческий словарь “Россия”
Useful information on various aspects of Russian culture and geography.
Articles in about Russian culture and society (in Russian)
Russia Beyond Headlines
Articles in about Russian culture and society (in Russian and English)
Радио «Звезда» Podcasts
Audio on various topics of Russian culture, history, geography, society, language etc.
Real Life in Russia
A series of units on aspects of daily Russian life, great for students who are going abroad.
For Heritage Students
Middlebury Heritage Russian Project
For heritage learners who have no or minimal literacy skills and metalinguistic knowledge or who need a review of the basic concepts of Russian orthography and grammar. The interactive video lessons on these topics are conducted in Russian and include comprehension checks. Learners can access information on best practices in using digital resources, such as online dictionaries and corpora, and effective learning strategies.
Professional Development Resources
Facebook Teachers Communities:
Преподаватели РКИ (Russian language teachers)
Методика преподавания РКИ для всех
Groups with thousands of members from across the world where you can ask a question, share a resource or discuss anything that is relevant to RUssian language or teaching.
Lectures and webinars archive
STARTALK collection of resources
Both general and Russian-specific resources of teachers (teaching with the Standards, proficiency classroom, assessment etc.)
Collections of Resources
Handpicked resources for students
Kristin Shmakov’s Resources
Resources for Intermediate student
Collection of materials for teachers (activities, game, audio etc.)
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